This year, Virginia tried for legal cannabis legislation as well as decriminalization, but to no avail. Both measures were shot down by the committee. But there was a small victory to medical patients. They have more variety of products available to them outside of strictly oil and can have higher doses in each serving, up to 10mg of THC. Children who are cannabis patients can bring their medicine to school. Small overall, but a large step forward for the state. This new measure also has politicians talking more positively about cannabis, especially Gov. Ralph Northam, bringing likely reform bills in 2020.
Hawaii had a brief light of hope for legalization in 2019 when the first legalization bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but it didn’t go any further. Hawaii has very strict cannabis laws where a small amount could land you in jail for 30 days with a hefty fine.
Thankfully, a legislature passed bill that decriminalizes cannabis possession passed this year. Starting in January 2020, possession of 3 grams or less will only result in a fine. Still one of the strictest decriminalizations in the country, but none-the-less a step in the right direction towards legalization.
Hawaii does not have a voter initiative process, where many of the medical and recreational states have been able to bypass the state’s legislative process, meaning that the way to legalization in Hawaii will have to go solely through the House and Senate.